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Prime Minister's 'shoegate' photo uploaded by mistake, department says

09 January 2019

The PM has seen the amusing side of this and responded to the confected controversy, saying he'd prefer the graphics team worked on restoring his hairline rather than footwear.

But the image on Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's official website had a glaring flaw - the leader of Australia had two left feet and a pair of photoshopped shoes.

The Photoshopped picture - in which Morrison appeared to be wearing two white sneakers meant for the left foot - went viral and earned itself the hashtag #shoegate. So, with a sprinkle of Photoshop magic, his trainers were turned into fancy white sneakers.

Morrison didn't ask for his shoes to be changed, and his staffers did it on their own, the PM's spokesperson said.

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It was also pointed out by another user, Andre Serna, that the shoe on Mr Morrison's right foot was actually a left shoe.

He took to Twitter to show off his well-worn trainers this morning.

Twitter user "Lukerhn" posted the photo on Tuesday night, saying it was Australian politics' "Story of 2019".

He wrote: Message to my Department (PM&C): I didn't ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet!

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Despite the attempts at damage control, Morrison was mocked online for the blunder.

Like picking hair that "matches" with his tie...

The PM even got invitations for a shopping tour to up his game in "leisure footwear".

Meanwhile, one Twitter user poked fun at the speedy turnover in the Australian parliament and wrote: "The shoes are real, they just photoshop in whoever is now prime minister".

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